One year after the success of the first world-wide Twitter discussion among farmers, the #AgriChatWorld team is organizing a second global live chat for World Food Day 2014. Farmers will be asked to share their experiences on the role of family farming and the responsibilities they share in feeding the world.
The chat will mark World Food Day (WFD) on Thursday, October 16, 2014 and is being organized by a collaboration of farming Twitter groups gathered under the @AgriChatWorld umbrella – @AgChat and @AgChatFound (AgChat Foundation-North America), @EUFoodchat, @AgrichatUK, @AgrichatNL (Netherlands), @AgchatOZ (Australia), @AgchatDE (Germany), @AgchatIRL (Ireland) and @AgchatNZ1 (New Zealand).
Last year, more than 700 farmers from 17 different countries, covering 4 continents, took part in the 90 minute chat, totaling more than 3,600 tweets. #AgriChatWorld represents a unique opportunity to join a truly global community passionate about their work and willing to celebrate food production.
The North American based AgChat Foundation will join the #AgriChatWorld discussion which will be facilitated by @EUFoodChat handle who will release questions for debate between 3pm-4:30pmET. All farmers, ranchers, food bloggers and anyone with an interest in the food system is encouraged to attend by utilizing the Twitter social media platform. Tweeters will need to use the hash tags #AgriChatWorld, and, when space allows #WFD2014. The main language will be English; other languages being welcomed to allow for wider participation.
Farmers and ranchers in each country are also asked to share photos of their farms and their family farming experience using the hashtag #WorldFarmPics. The pictures will be collated by @EUFoodChat on a Pinterest board.
These organizations are primarily driven by their passion for agriculture advocacy. In 2009, Amercian farmer and professional speaker, Michele Payn-Knoper began hosting weekly #AgChat conversations on Twitter. The following year the AgChat Foundation, Inc., was co-founded by Payn-Knoper and several other farmers and ranchers. Since that time, other ‘agchats’ and ‘agrichats’ around the world have been created, offering farmers in different countries an online space to meet and debate agricultural issues.
For additional information about the second annual #AgriChatWorld discussion, contact Jenny Schweigert, ACF Executive Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.